Richard Holbrooke's World: Memories of a Newsweek Special Correspondent

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New details and viewpoints from former Newsweek special correspondent on events during the 1992-1995 Balkans war within the former Yugoslavia that ultimately led to the 1995 genocide of thousands of Bosnian-Muslims in the town of Srebenica - a UN safe-haven; review of Richard Holbrooke-brokered Dayton Accord architecture. Analysis includes a recounting of discussions with former Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown and additional data concerning the April 1996 crash of his plane near Dubrovnik,Croatia.

Special Envoy to Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke Image: Guardian UK

(Pressreleasepoint) Detroit - eMOTION!, an automotive/aerospace industry research and analysis site targeting professionals within the academic, media, corporate and government sectors, has just gone live, via its blog presence ( with the analysis/memoir "Richard Holbrooke's World: Memories of a Newsweek Special Correspondent" by its Publisher Myron D. Stokes.

Presented in english along with a summary in francais (Le Monde de Richard Holbrooke: Mémoires d’un Correspondant Spécial de Newsweek) ( it primarily details events surrounding the 1992-1995 Balkans war within the former Federation of Yugoslavia, that ultimately led to the 1995 genocide of thousands of Bosnian-Muslims in the town of Srebenica - ostensibly a UN safe-haven.

Former Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown Image: DoC

Included in the analysis is a recounting of discussions with former Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, as well as additional details concerning the crash of his plane in Croatia on April 3, 1996, which killed him and 34 others. A trip, incidentally, on which Stokes was invited by Brown.

Stokes, an award-winning former Newsweek, Newsweek Japan and Newsweek International special correspondent, believes the timing for presenting this account is appropriate: "The recent death of US Special Envoy to Afghanistan and veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke, the current quest of the former Federation of Yugoslavia, through its tripartite presidency extracted from the two largest political parties, the SDP (Social Democratic Party) and Union of Independent Social Democrats, to seek EU and NATO membership, and George Clooney's quite recent announcement of his quest to utilize real-time satellite imagery to reveal genocidal activities before or as they happen", said Stokes, "were the primary motivations for moving forward with this release. That, along with 15 years of being reminded of these geo-politically shaping events."

Signing of the Dayton Peace Accord in Paris Image: US Department of Defense

The release has several points perhaps worthy of consideration:

1. The July 1995 Srebenica genocide could have been prevented; satellite imagery showed massive movement of the population of Srebenica via bus to the sites later identified as mass graves, and may even show the executions taking place; thus lending credence to George Clooney's recent proposals.

2. Ron Brown was specifically warned in September of 1995, during a meeting at the Detroit Economic Club, it was not wise to undertake the Balkans trade mission owing to a threat conveyed.

3. Statements by at least one responsible individual at the crash site of Brown's plane near Dubrovnik, Croatia, that a DFDR (Digital Flight Data Recorder) type device may have been recovered despite USAF claims the Boeing 737-based T-43 aircraft carrying the Brown entourage was not part of its equipment.

4. The fragility of Richard Holbrooke's signature diplomatic accomplishment, the Dayton Peace Accord, (signed by Serbia's Slobodan Milosevic, Bosnia's Alijah Izetbegovic and Croatia's Franjo Tudjman) owing to past and current major concerns by involved parties relative to its legitimacy.

5. Lest the barbarity of the Srebenica massacre not be fully understood, judges at The Hague left no doubt as to why the life sentences were imposed in June 2010 on two of the perpetrators. In rulings that seemed torn out of the 1961 Adolph Eichmann trial transcripts in Israel, they wrote: "The scale and nature of the murder operation, with the staggering number of killings, the systematic and organised manner in which it was carried out, the targeting and relentless pursuit of the victims, and the plain intention – apparent from the evidence – to eliminate every Bosnian Muslim male who was captured or surrendered proves beyond reasonable doubt that this was genocide."

Analysis/memoir Presented in "Quasibiblios" Form

"This analysis/memoir, presented in the form of a quasibiblios or "almost book", is not intended as an expose, but as a reflection on pivotal events and the impact they had on myself and others," said Stokes. " In fact, I felt it was appropriate to include the following disclaimer at the end of the narrative: "The views and events discussed here are from the personal notes of the author and as such, except in the presentation of provable data, are subjective in content while striving for objectivity. As Bob Woodward once said to Wayne State University students in 1993, "Journalism, in my view, is the search for the version of the story closest to the truth."

Stokes looks back on his Newsweek years with appreciation tempered by a strong belief, that more could have been done to stop the Srebenica genocide from occurring: "Given the knowledge we had," he says, "it did not have to occur, it was not inevitable. The means to stop it were in place. Even understanding the historical reality of 'man's inhumanity to man', it's something we'll have to live with; albeit uncomfortably."
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eMOTION! ( is an automotive/aerospace industries research and analysis site targeting professionals within the academic, media, corporate and government sectors. The site also created a pathway through which white papers and other scholarly works such as "Crisis On Asimov: A Vision of 2085" by national security strategist Dr. Sheila Ronis; "Quantum Parallel: The Saint-Hilaire Quasiturbine as the Basis For Simultaneous Paradigm Shift in Vehicle Propulsion Systems" and "Super-Globalism: Strategies For Maintaining a Robust Industrial Base Through Technological, Policy and Process Improvement", could be presented to a broadened yet specific audience.

Publisher Myron D. Stokes is an award winning veteran automotive/aerospace industry analyst and spent several years as an industry correspondent for Newsweek, Newsweek Japan and Newsweek International. His work as an journalist with special emphasis on business and technology has been published in a variety of other major print mediums including the Detroit News, Changing Times Magazine, Auto Week and corporate publications. Over the years, he has provided major corporations and media groups with “deep background” analyses that have helped shape the direction of some of the most significant news stories and industry strategies.

After outlining a strategy to expand industry coverage for Newsweek Magazine in November of 1991, he worked in the capacity of industry correspondent and investigative reporter. His reporting included in-depth assessments of the “shake- up” at GM, the much publicized industrial espionage charges against former GM supplier executive Dr. Ignacio Lopez; the hazards of doing business in China; the viability of Electric Vehicles which centered on advanced battery technology in both the private sector and military (Newsweek International edition); the difficulties then facing Japan’s auto industry and the comeback of the Big Three (Newsweek Japan).

In recent years, he has covered some of the most recognized stories in automotive, aerospace and general interest. These include the Kirk Kerkorian Chrysler takeover attempt; the GM C/K truck controversy; the U.S./Japan trade issue (Newsweek Japan) which required significant interaction with then Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown;data for Newsweek cover story (4/95) on Airline Safety; investigative analysis of possible collusion between the warring governments of Bosnia President Alijah Izetbegovich and Serbia President Slobodan Milosevic along with uncovering of plan to re-implement ethnic cleansing prior to Srebenica massacre (6/95); and the Oklahoma City bombing.

His ability to thoroughly and accurately report and analyze issues of substance garnered himself and former Newsweek Detroit Bureau Chief Frank Washington first place in the coveted Detroit Press Club International Golden Wheel Award for Automotive Journalism in 1995. This competition, judged by professors from the University of Nebraska School of Journalism, included entries from 110 journalists in five countries. Business Week took second place. Stokes was also privileged to function as acting Detroit Bureau Chief for Newsweek.

Stokes maintains strong interest in global affairs, and continues to be involved in a range of nation building and humanitarian/disaster relief efforts. Among these were acting as initial intercessor between UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the then warring governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia; an activity which helped lead to the cessation of hostilities in October 1999; the coordination of relief activities with US, European and Middle-East based colleagues subsequent to the Bam, Iran, earthquake of 2004, the Pakistan earthquake of 2005, and co-structuring of academic and industrio/economic base developmental programs with colleagues in Pakistan and India.

Associate Publisher, Motorsports Editor, John T. Chuhran has covered motorsports as an award-winning journalist for more than a quarter century. From 1992-94 he served as Director, Media Relations and primary spokesman for Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (CART) the governing body for the PPG Indy Car World Series.

For more than two decades he has been a sports writer and editor for such media as The Philadelphia Bulletin, Gannett Westchester (NY) Newspapers, the Bridgewater (NJ) Courier-News, the Associated Press, United Press International, BBC Radio and the Reuters News Service. He has served as communications Manager (Product), Press Fleet Supervisor and Press Information Specialist of Mercedes-Benz North America where he was responsible for all motorsports and professional sports activities of the company. He also has been the primary media professional at a selective New York City investor relations firm where he optimized media exposure for several companies that launched IPOs and Secondary Offerings.

During this time, he was also the de facto Media Relations executive responsible for all media activities of the Professional Sports Car Racing series (now known as IMSA) during the ownership of Andrew Evans. Currently, Mr. Chuhran manages the media centers at several NASCAR racetracks during event weekends, and he maintains extremely positive relationships with the motorsports media. He also continues to write as a contributing editor for motorsports outlets such as The Star (Mercedes-Benz) magazine.

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